overnight retinol repair

concentrated customisable treatment

Concentrated customizable nighttime Retinol treatment cream accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of skin aging. Active 0.5% microencapsulated pure Retinol helps increase cell turnover. learn more

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overnight retinol repair

Concentrated customizable night-time Retinol treatment cream accelerates skin renewal and reduces the appearance of skin ageing. Active 0.5% microencapsulated pure Retinol helps increase cell turnover. Powerful peptides and antioxidant Vitamin C help reduce uneven skin tone and discoloration. Formulated with a clinically-proven bioenergized Copper amino acid complex shown to reduce visible wrinkles and improve skin firmness. Ceramides and active Polysaccharides hydrate and prevent water loss in the skin, helping soften fine lines. Includes a moisturizing Buffer Cream to help acclimate skin to this highly-active form of Retinol. For best results, mix Overnight Retinol Repair with Buffer Cream and apply to cleansed skin at night, when cell renewal is at its prime. Once your skin is acclimated, you may use Overnight Retinol Repair prior to or mixed with your prescribed Dermalogica moisturizer.

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  • gluten
  • cruelty
  • Vegan
  • no artificial fragrances
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  • Accelerates skin renewal and repair
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone
  • Improves skin firmness.

how to use

For best results, mix one part Overnight Retinol Repair with up to three parts Buffer Cream (included) and apply to cleansed skin at night, when cell renewal is at its prime. Once your skin is acclimated, you may use Overnight Retinol Repair alone, prior to or mixed with your prescribed Dermalogica moisturiser.

quick tip

This product should only be used at night. We recommend not layering it directly with other targeted treatment products.

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Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, C14-22 Alcohols, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Xylitylglucoside, Retinol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ceramide 3, Xylitol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Glucose, Cetyl Palmitate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Anhydroxylitol, Magnesium Chloride, C12-20 Alkyl Glycoside, Polysorbate 20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol. buffer cream ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetyl Caprylate, PEG-8, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactamide MEA, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sodium PCA, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol.

warnings: if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor prior to use. store package away from heat or direct sunlight.

We are dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

AGE smart®

Firm to smooth away the signs of skin aging. Control aging triggers before they start.

AGE Smart® contains scientifically advanced ingredients proven to impact the major biochemical reactions that contribute to skin aging before they start, so your skin is left smoother, firmer and healthier. AGE Smart® is the intelligent investment in your future skin.

how it works

AGE Smart works by impacting the main biochemical reactions that manifest the signs of skin aging: the formation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS, also known as free radicals), the generation of Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the development of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs).

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Hi, would this be beneficial for adult acne? Maybe alternate nights with the overnight clearing gel? Thank you.

Written by Kate on 5/01/2018
Hi Kate,
Yes it is beneficial however we would recommend just using either or of the products, depending on the home care already start with just using the 0.5% Overnight retinol repair with the buffer cream in the evenings only with protection during the day (Oil free Matte SPF30). Using both products could be too stimulating for the skin.

Hope that helps,
The team at Dermalogica
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Is this product any good for skin that can be dry/sensitive to redness?

Written by Tiff on 14/02/2018
Hi Tiff,
Thank you for your question. This product contains microencapsulated retinol that is very stable and safe for daily use. However, this active product is best suited to a skin that is in very good condition with a well intact and hydrated barrier. For example, this product may not be suited for a skin experiencing conditions such tightness, itching, excess heat and/or general uncomfortableness.

Ideally we would suggest clients work towards using this product by beginning with MuiltVitamin Power Serum. This product will introduce your skin to the use of cosmeceutical ingredients while still repairing the skin from sun-induced lines and pigmentation.

A great feature of the Overnight Retinol Repair is that is is 100% customisable to your individual skin needs with the Buffer Cream. Adjusting the way you mix these products at home allows you to increase the activity as your skin becomes more tolerant.

If you are still unsure if this product is right for you, then we would advise getting in touch with one of our Dermalogica Skin Centres for a Face Map 2.0. We hope this has been helpful.

Kind regards
The team at Dermalogica
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If I use a moisturiser (Sound Sleep night gel-cream) after applying Overnight Retinol Repair, would this reduce the effectiveness of the retinol. Also, is Sound Sleep suitable for any skin type and age group.

Written by Charmaine on 27/03/2018
Hi Charmaine,

Thank you very much for your question.

Absolutely, Sound Sleep Cocoon can be used over top of Overnight Retinol Repair. It will certainly increase the effectiveness of the retinol as Sound Sleep Cocoon was designed to help the skin better absorb whatever you decide to layer underneath it. We recommend layering it over your prescribed toner and serum. You may also layer Sound Sleep Cocoon over your preferred Dermalogica moisturiser to further enhance overnight hydration.

Sound Sleep Cocoon is suitable for all skin types and skin conditions because it is completly customisable to your individual skin depending on what you layer underneath it. Also, science says that every skin can benefit from the sound sleep that this product helps to promote.

We hope the has been helpful.

Warm regards
The team @ Dermalogica NZ
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Hi. I was using this product and my skin was feeling great. I had built up to 50/50 ratio of buffer cream & retinol & had no issues. I then purchased the daily super microfoliant and used that in the morning and the retinol in the evening & had a reaction where my skin burned & peeled in patches especially on my neck & took about 10 days to heal. I haven’t used either product since. Are they incompatible? Or is there a way I could reintroduce both because I liked what both did to my skin On there own? Thanks

Written by Philippa on 8/09/2019
Hi Philippa,

Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear you have experienced a reaction.

As our Overnight Retinol Repair contains active Vitamin A ( retinol ) which normalises cell turnover, you will have newer skin cells towards the surface of the skin. For this reason we do not recommend performing any exfoliation whilst using the Overnight Retinol Repair.

I understand that you love both products, so if you wish to use these in conjunction with one another, please discontinue use of Overnight Retinol Repair at least 3 nights (or longer if needed) before and after using your Daily Superfoliant.

I hope this helps, please contact us via customerservice@dermalogica.co.nz if you have any further questions.

Kind Regards,
The Dermalogica NZ Team.
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